I was quite dissapointed with this book. I have dealing with some serious family issues and went looking for non-fiction books to find out how other people handled the effects of mental illness on family members. I found Invisible Girl online and purchased it straight away as the blurb stated that Mariel's family had many of the same issues within my family. It even said that she expresses how she dealt with them and still does. The inside of the book is quite pretty; with illustrations and "to think about"sections. It started out coming from the perspective of a little girl's journal and I thought that as she aged, the writing would progress. Unfortunately it didn't, and the whole book was told with very, very basic language features and vocabulary making the book really lack depth or detail. Everything seemed very foggy and it was really quite hard to get a lot of meaning or connection out of. I finished it feeling deflated and unsure of who the targeted audience for this book would be. The language in it implied that it was for really young kids (5-10), but the vocabulary would have been too hard for them to read and besides what is the purpose?! To tell kids they're not alone and that everything will be okay in the end? But that kind of irritated me because it didn't offer any practical advice; apart from a general theme that you just have to put up with it and maybe call a hotline. For the price of the book, and what it actually consisted of, I am very dissapointed and feeling like I wasted my money.
Acquired from: BookDepository.com
Thoughts and things I loved (as told from my little brown book)
• Sad life
• WHERE IS THIS GOING?!
• I am so confused about the audience!